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What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

You may have heard of sleep apnea. While many individuals think that snoring is ultimately sleep apnea, it is a much more complicated sleeping disorder than that. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Spokane dentist Dr. Doug Brossoit, DDS has the education, experience, and knowledge to help patients with their sleep apnea--with a comfortable dental appliance!

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is often caused by an obstruction in the mouth or throat. In many cases, a patient's tongues may relax and fall back into the rear of their mouth, making it difficult for them to breathe. These "episodes" that result in an inability to breathe can occur hundreds of times in one night, and result in diminished quality of sleep. A patient cannot function at their best if they have not gotten a good night's rest, and this can be detrimental to their overall daily quality of life.

While snoring can be a component to sleep apnea, it is not the only symptom of sleep apnea. Not all snorers have sleep apnea, but it can be a common complaint by bed partners. However, bed partners may also notice other occurrences that may be able to assist in the diagnosis of sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea will not only snore, but they stop breathing. A long pause in breathing, gasping for air, and sudden wakening often occur when patients are having an episode of sleep apnea. This is due to the fact that the brain is not getting oxygen; therefore, the patient may partially wake up, just enough to resume breathing. Bed partners are often the first to notice that this is occurring.

There are also daytime symptoms associated with sleep apnea. Patients are often extremely tired during the day, even if they thought they had gotten a full night's rest. Patients may be confused, irritable, and may experience memory loss or depression. This is due to the lack of appropriate sleep that occurs every night.

Many individuals who are diagnosed with sleep apnea are not aware that they can find relief at their dentist's office. Dr. Doug Brossoit, DDS of Spokane offers oral appliances that can help relieve the problems associated with sleep apnea. These oral appliances can hold the tongue back, and can realign the jaw to establish open airways during the night. Many find this solution more acceptable than CPAP machines, which are large, bulky devices that can be used to open airways and administer oxygen throughout the night.

Dr. Doug Brossoit, DDS has the experience and expertise to help patients find relief from their sleep apnea symptoms. Call today to schedule a consultation and discover the benefits of oral appliances for treatment of your sleep apnea!
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